Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis -   Plate 285 Columbia near Wind River border=
Title:
Plate 285 Columbia near Wind River
Date:
1910
Size:
Portfolio, 18 x 22 inches
Medium:
Vintage Photogravure
 
“The Chinookan tribes of the Columbia obtained their canoes for the greater part from the coast tribes of Washington. The woman in the picture is the daughter of the former Cascade chief, Tamahl.”
– Edward Curtis

River traffic was much like car traffic, with accidents and offenses. The Chinookan tribes were not a warring people, but their neighbors, the Klickitat were “guns for hire”. A vigilante war party could be hired to punish the offending party, and were with pounded salmon,. The very men who meted out the punishment could, in turn, be hired to return the payback.
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